Tammy Tell Me True

Tammy Tell Me True is a 1961 American Eastmancolor comedy film directed by Harry Keller and starring Sandra Dee and John Gavin, Charles Drake, Virginia Grey and Julia Meade.

Tammy Tell Me True
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHarry Keller
Produced byRoss Hunter
Written byOscar Brodney
Based onTammy Tell Me True
by Cid Ricketts Sumner
StarringSandra Dee
John Gavin
Charles Drake
Virginia Grey
Julia Meade
Music byPercy Faith
CinematographyClifford Stine
Edited byOtto Ludwig
Ross Hunter Productions
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • July 26, 1961 (1961-07-26) (New York City)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States


Tammy is waiting to hear from her lover Pete, who has gone to agricultural college. She decides to go to college to improve herself. Tammy becomes a paid companion for a crusty old lady and falls for a handsome man.



The film was based on the 1959 novel, which the New York Times had described as "a cheerful change of pace from current novels of conflict and depression".[1]

Sandra Dee was announced for the lead role in September 1960.[2]


The Chicago Tribune called it "calculated cuteness... relieved by a likeable performance from Sandra Dee."[3] The Washington Post called it "infinitely inferior to the first Tammy, everything about the film is false, especially the aggressive Sandra Dee, whose primpsy whimsy wardrobe cannot disguise the acquisitive gaze in her give-away eyes."[4]

In a 1974 interview, Gavin criticised the film but said it "haunts the tube like a permanent miasma. You can't do worse than that."[5]


  1. Deep South Primitive: TAMMY TELL ME TRUE. By Cid Ricketts Sumner. 316, pp. Indianapolis and New York: The BobbsMerrill Company. $3.75. By CHARLOTTE CAPERS. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 29 Nov 1959: BR62.
  2. 'Tammy' Film Sequel May Star Sandra Dee Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 16 Sep 1960: d4.
  3. Sandra Dee Is Likable in 'Tammy Tell Me True': "TAMMY TELL ME TRUE" TINEE, MAE. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 18 July 1961: a4.
  4. Lighting Up Our History: Accent on History Three Immediate Factors By Richard L. Coe. The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973) [Washington, D.C] 22 July 1961: C11.
  5. John Gavin: One for the 'Seesaw': John Gavin: One for the 'Seesaw' By Tom Donnelly. The Washington Post (1974-Current file) [Washington, D.C] 28 July 1974: L1.
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